Startup Weekend Bucharest

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bucharest

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Strada Halelor 5
București, Romania

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 16th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Guest Speaker
Meet our special guest

8:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Get to know
Get to know each other within teams

11:00 pm
Let's grab a beer and call it a day

Saturday November 17th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Workshop Lean Canvas
Guidelines for working with the Lean Canvas

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 pm
Working Lunch

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one schedule based. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Pitch Training
We help teams to define a pitch template for final pitches

7:00 pm
Working Dinner

7:30 pm
Working on your ideas
Teams are working on their ideas while coaches will help them to define their business ideas.

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 18th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch Training

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrives....ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Working Lunch

2:00 pm
Pitch Practice
Coaches will give you feedback on pitches during one-to-one meetings in order to be prepared for final pitch

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

9:30 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!


Mirona Paun
Co-founder @Tzitzi-Poc

Promoting a healthy educational environment with strong values that aims to prepare children to become successful adults. 
Currently an entrepreneur in the field of events and commerce. 
Her passion for psychology led her on the path of developing skills and knowledge in psychotherapy for children and teenagers. 
Her experience in working with children made her the winner of the Future Makers 2018 with the idea of combining theater, technology and psychology in order to help children identify their emotions and manage it.

Event Judges

Vlad Gliga
CEO @ Rubik Hub

Over 10 years of Business Development international working experience in Europe and USA. 
Driven by helping people reach the best version of themselves and drive positive impact. 
Currently, involved in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem of NE Romania by connecting, educating and empowering people to create successful global businesses.

Laurentiu Victor Balasa
Co-founder @T-Me Studios

Laurentiu-Victor Balasa is co-founder at T-Me Studios, a European startup publishing Android/iOS applications across all the major marketplaces. 

Alina Burlacu
Community Manager & Summit Coordinator at Romanian Business Leaders Curator at Global Shapers Bucharest Hub

Alina is Community Manager at the Romanian Business Leaders (RBL) Foundation, an initiative that gathers around 200 top entrepreneurs and C-level executives from Romania. She's involved in the RBL's Merito, Antreprenorești and RePatriot projects. She previously worked as a facilitator and associate trainer with European and national organizations such as The Institute of Strategic Communication in Paris, the European Institute for Participative Democracy, the Alternative University in Romania as well as organizations from Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Norway, Ireland and the UK. She co-founded the Center for Academic Excellence in Bucharest and owns a training company that designs learning experiences for employees and youth through experiential learning instruments and methods in order to encourage the transition from "having a job" to "having a mission". She is involved in many educational and entrepreneurial projects and part of various boards of advisors for NGO’s and social businesses as she believes that her mission is to guide people to discover their value and strengths by changing their mindset and following their purpose.

Coaches and Mentors

Anca Bundaru
Lead Product Marketing Manager @Bitdefender

Lead Product Marketing - Bitdefender Anca is a Product Marketing professional, relatively obsessed with technology. She keeps close to the entrepreneurial culture and likes to immerse herself in innovation ecosystems. So naturally she’s super excited when she's mentoring at events like Startup Weekend for... well, she’s lost track for the number of times.

Maria Cristina Banu
Organizational and Business Development consultant for IBM Europe and General Manager @Webutic

Maria Cristina is a multi-passionate, leader, entrepreneur & Personal Branding Coach. She is the co-funder of #WEButic digital agency and celWEbrity personal brand company.
She is also leading the Educational Department of IBM Global Marketing Center in Romania
She is a sports lover, competes in triathlons & marathons for supporting social causes.
In this edition of Start Up Weekend, Maria Cristina will offer you guidance on 
- Product/Service Development - using client-centricity methods and Design Thinking
- Organizational development - assessing skills needs, creating the organizational scheme and workload breakdown
- Project Management & Agile - support them with developing the execution of their work  - Setting clear goals, Understanding Stakeholders, Planning Tasks, setting delivery milestones and performance tracking models.   
- Brand Development - develop a consistent brand aligned to the business strategy

Alin Apostu
Vice Curator @Global Shapers Bucharest Community Project Manager @Vreau să fiu antreprenor

Alin Claudiu Apostu has a background in accounting, entrepreneurship and marketing and has worked in different fields and sectors. He likes to connect people and organizations, create synergies and help build sustainable projects.Working in retail, consultancy, marketing and events and being part of multinational companies, smaller businesses and starting his own business, his motivation comes from impact and results, while also enjoying the journey alongside great people.

Valentin Toc
Community builder

Startup community & programs builder at Rubik Hub. In the past 12 years I have been building and working in social & educational projects, coordinating NGOs, projects and volunteers. I believe in positive impact by empowering people to step forward and have initiative.
I have experience in community building & HR, I like to be part of/find the solutions to problems, I love creativity and love to help others to grow and to build startups & projects with impact. 

Experience in:

- Community Building
- Product development and creativity/ideation
- Team alignment & development strategy for your startup
- Mission, Vision, Values for your startup 
- Leadership - servant & humble leadership
- Digital Marketing and Design 
- Coaching & mentoring teams 
- Philanthropy, social good & crowdfunding projects

Mircea Vadan
Managing Partner @Activize, Coordinator @ClujStartups

Mircea Vadan is managing partner at Activize.Tech and part of Cluj Startups and Fintech.Camp communities. Fintech area is in his focus while doing product management consultancy for corporates, startups, accelerator programmes. He is working with fintech products/startups teams on various topics such as idea validation, product shaping, product metrics, go-to-market strategy, business development and investments. In the past years he has collaborations in projects involving financial companies (Raiffeisen, Societe Generale BRD, Banca Transilvania, Unicredit, KPMG Romania) and startups (like ThinkOut, iFactor, TypingDNA, Paid Analytix, CreditToGo as part of various acceleration programs).

Matei Dumitrescu
Co-director @Founder Institute

Matei is an international angel investor, startup mentor, and investment advisor.
He is offering resources and access to the required expertise to generate efficient results
for startups and also for grown-up companies.
His motto is "Purpose Before Profit" and am using impact investing to address global
societal and environmental challenges.
He believe that impact is easier to achieve while building a herd of sustainable zebras rather than chasing unicorns. 

Alexandru Paduraru
Managing Partner

CEO - Creative Tim 28 years old entrepreneur with a master's degree in software engineering. Alexandru is the co-founder of, a platform that provides fully coded web design tools for over 1 million web developers and companies around the world. In the past years, the company generated over 3.5 million $ in revenue while it was growing year over year. The company is bootstrapped, started with 0$, and never had investors. Alexandru is best known for web design, growth, and go-to-market strategies.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bucharest team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Strategic Partner


Community Partner


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bucharest is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Monica
  • Alexandru
  • Serban
  • Cretu
  • Marius
  • George


Khizar Naeem
Head of Integrations @ Starred

Startup and Extreme sports enthusiast. Khizar works as Head of Integrations at Starred, a feedback scale-up in Amsterdam. Khizar has been involved in Startup Weekend since 2013 as a participant, volunteer, organizer, and facilitator. 

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